Addiction Professional Leadership Initiative

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This initiative will create a new generation of addiction professional leaders and accelerate change in the field. We seek submissions of innovative ideas that can change the way we prevent and treat addiction, particularly through strategies that enhance our workforce. We are particularly interested in submissions that address novel tools and ideas in the areas of recruitment and retention, diversity, promoting careers in addiction, enhancing support for addiction professionals, supervision, reducing the stigma of addiction, and prevention.

Five (5) innovative plans for change will be supported. Submissions must be initiated by early career addiction professionals with the support of a mentor. Successful teams will receive $4500 to develop the proposal. Mentors must have a minimum of 7 years of experience in the field of addiction, a Master’s degree or higher, and a demonstrated capacity to facilitate professional growth and development of their mentees. Mentees must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of addiction and an interest in enhancing the field and expanding into a leadership role.

The program will run from January – July 2017 and include (1) an in-person program launch meeting at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies the week of January 16, 2017; (2) monthly conference calls (mentor, mentee, and CAS personnel); (3) written progress notes submitted monthly; and (4) a final presentation detailing program objectives, plan, and strategies for implementation (presented ~week of June 26, 2017).

Submission Requirements

  • A 2-4 page proposal (single spaced) that includes an overview of the issue that the proposal seeks to address, the target audience, the plan to accelerate change, a timeline for implementation, and how this plan will impact the addiction workforce. Preference will be given to ideas with a measureable outcome.
  • Mentee resume/curriculum vitae
  • Mentee letter addressing why you chose to participate in this initiative, how this initiative will enhance your professional development, and why your mentor was selected.
  • Mentor resume/curriculum
  • Mentor letter addressing your commitment to the leadership initiative, your relationship (if any) with the mentee, and your qualifications for serving as a mentor on the project.

Submission should be sent by email to: cas-ed@rutgers.edu, cc nkj@smithers.rutgers.edu